A Japanese woman has been jailed after deliberately breaking the legs of four babies because she was jealous of happy mothers.
Saotome was found guilty of deliberately harming the babies and sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison by a court in Ashikaga, Tochigi, around 50 miles north of Tokyo Japanese woman jailed for deliberately breaking legs of four babies
Yuko Saotome, 30, approached mothers out in public with their babies and asked if she could hold them, according to local media reports.
While they were in her arms, Saotome then discretely broke their legs along the thigh bone before returning the crying babies to their mothers.
Jealousy at seeing mothers happy with their children was cited during the trial as the main motivation behind her actions, according to reports.
Saotome was found guilty of deliberately harming the babies and sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison by a court in Ashikaga, Tochigi, around 50 miles north of Tokyo, Nippon Television reported.
It was between April and May 2010 that Saotome conducted the attacks on the four babies, breaking each of their legs, leading to her arrest shortly after.
In one incident, she approached the mother of a three-month-old baby girl in a children’s goods store in Ashikaga and complimented her on the child before asking if she could hold her.
Saotome held the baby for around five minutes, during which she broke both of her thigh bones, before returning her to the mother, who subsequently took her to hospital as she would not stop crying.
Following her arrest, according to AP reports at the time, she is believed to have told police investigators: “I wanted to hurt the baby.”
Sentencing Saotome for the attacks, a judge reportedly described her behaviour as “despicable” and the court refused to excuse her on the grounds of temporary insanity.
By Danielle Demetriou in Tokyo/UK Telegraph